Baritone Michael Borth has won international critical acclaim with his stunning vocal beauty and irresistible stage presence. His appearances at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opéra national du Rhin, Theater Basel, the Rossini Festival of Pesaro and major international concert halls in a uniquely wide range of repertoire have made him one of the most fascinating singers of his generation.
Current season highlights include appearances in the new Benedikt von Peter production of Wagner's Das Rheingold at Theater Basel, as Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress and as Macheath in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera at Theater Freiburg. In December 2022 Michael Borth had his acclaimed debut as Papageno in Mozart's Magic Flute at Opéra national du Rhin, and successfully toured with Händel's Silla in Japan with conductor Fabio Biondi leading Europa Galante. His debut as Mark Rutland in Muhly’s Marnie was critically acclaimed. During the 2021/22 season, Michael Borth sang Kovalyov in Herbert Fritsch’s production of Shostakovich’s The Nose at Theater Basel. Michael also returned to the Rossini Festival in Il Viaggio a Reims and had a celebrated début in Peter Maxwell Davies' Mr Emmet Takes A Walk in a new Herbert Fritsch production. At Theater Freiburg, he sang the lead role of Erasmus of Rotterdam in the world premiere of Fabrice Bollon’s opera The Folly and had successful debuts as the Forester in Janaček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon.
During the 2019/20 season Michael Borth returned to the Gran Teatre del Liceu as a Mandarin of steely force in the stunning Franc Aleu production of Puccini's Turandot, also broadcast live on European arte TV. The 2019/20 season also saw his return to the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni, his début as Conte Almaviva in a new Joan Anton Rechi production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, as Peter Vogel in Korngold's Der Ring des Polykrates, and as Sharpless (Madama Butterfly/Puccini).
Michael Borth has made highly successful débuts at Palermo's Teatro Massimo as Starveling (A Midsummer Night's Dream/Britten), Opera de Oviedo as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore/Donizetti); ABAO Bilbao as Fifth Jew (Salome/Strauss), Theater Freiburg as Marcello in a new production of La Bohème, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona as Sergeant in Manon Lescaut. In Valencia, his roles included Albert in Werther, in a new production opposite Anna Caterina Antonacci, Astolfo (Lucrezia Borgia/Donizetti), Benoît (La Bohème) and Scabro (Silla/Händel).
Michael has already performed under the direction of distinguished conductors such as Josep Pons, Roberto Abbado, Fabio Biondi, Emmanuel Villaume, Jonathan Nott, Daniel Cohen, and Jordan de Souza. Also a much sought-after concert and oratorio singer, Michael Borth made his debut at Berlin Philharmonie in 2014, performing Mendelssohn's Paulus with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin lead by Jörg-Peter Weigle. In Valencia he sang a programme of Schumann Lieder with Roger Vignoles.
Michael Borth studied in Weimar with Siegried Gohritz and in Berlin with Roman Trekel at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. He was a member of the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo at the Palau de les Arts Valencia between 2015-2017 and in 2017 he was a participant of the Accademia Rossiniana at the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, where he performed the role of Il Barone di Trombonok Il Viaggio a Reims.